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Is Nokia sell off to Microsoft scheduled for May 2013?

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on July 4, 2012

Even while this is expected and anticipated, such a move would still create ripples.A couple of soft indications were provided by Eldar Murtazin. For readers who havent heard about Eldar, he has been watching the phone space and especially Nokia with a lot of interest for the past few years and was the first one who hinted at the movement towards Windowss Phone by Stephen Elop.

The details of the deal would get clearer in days to come. Nokia may have to break up its businessses – feature phone and smartphone and sell the feature phone unit to a buyer before merging/ getting acquired by Microsoft.

Last month’s  Windows8 announcement by Microsoft with a no crossover between Tango (Windows 7.5) and Apollo(Windows8) was a big confidence breaker for Nokia. A win-win for both Nokia & Microsoft

1. Micros0ft gets access to Nokia’s 30K mobility centric patents. The patent quagmire has gotten a lot ugly with the Apple injunction of Samsung Galaxy Tab sales in US. One can also see how Nokia is getting active in the patent space with the latest series of mild reminders to Google, that Nexus S transgresses Nokia patents.

2. After the sucess of XBox and Surface, Microsoft’s focus has taken a positive bias for devices as well. Nokia provides a very rich comptency in device experience

3. For Nokia, it means splitting up the low end and the smartphone and salvaging value. Nokia has been in a dead drop in terms of valuation for a while now.

4. If this works out for Nokia, it can create a second life for itself riding on the Windows platform and re-focussing only into smartphones as a path to profitability. In the past few months, Nokia has been on an overdrive to prune costs.

Nokia is the most invested of all Microsoft’s hardware partners in Windows Phone 8′s success, so this move makes sense. Microsoft is rumoured to have walked off from a Nokia purchase intent some time late last year. Between then and now, Nokia’s valuation has taken over a ~60-70% tumble. Lumia’s havent really ignited the sales registers at Nokia and Nokia really didnot invest in a plan B when going for Windows8.

So we watch this space. While an unconfirmed rumour currently, this bit has a high possibility of becoming real.

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Real Time, wearable – here and now computing courtesy Google Glasses

Posted in Applications and User Interfaces, Internet and Search by Manas Ganguly on July 2, 2012

Real Time, wearable computing, here and now data elements – Google Glass is more than just a smart pair of glasses with an integrated heads-up display and a battery hidden inside the frame. Like Apple’s Siri, it’s technology with enormous potential. The idea is to deliver augmented reality, with information that’s directly relevant to your surroundings appearing in front of you whenever you need it. Google’s business is about making money from advertising, and glass marks the transition from screen to reality with the information layer literally juxtaposed. Many might worry that Google Glass is its attempt to monetize eyeballs quite literally, by blasting ads whenever the user look’s at something. While the initial videos and demos revolve n the photos aspect of the Glasses, the ability to monetize LAYAR through the Glasses is Google’s next billion $ gambit.

Even while wearable computing is not a new idea, but Google’s enormous bank account and can-do attitude means that Project Glass could well be the first product to do significant numbers.

Uncannily common in ad delivery, Glasses is not to be confused by Google Goggles which is an app that can search the web based on photos and scans. Google Glass is hardware doing much the same but on a more integrated scale. Google’s Project Glass glasses will use a transparent LCD or AMOLED display to put information in front of the user. It uses a camera and GPS for location sensing, and uses head movements for movements such as scroll and click on information, something that is apparently quite easy to master. Google Glasses will also use voice input and output. Glass will run Android, will include a small screen in front of the eye of the user and will have motion sensors, GPS and either 3G or 4G data connections. Glass is designed to be a stand-alone device rather than an Android phone peripheral. It should connect to a smartphone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 4.0. It communicates directly with the cloud. There is also a front-facing camera and a flash, although it’s not a multi-megapixel monster, and the most recent prototype’s screen isn’t transparent.

Currently in a prototype stage, Google Glasses which is expected to be commercially launched in 2014, has key challenges- making a screen that works in darkness and in bright sunlight is tough – and mobile display technology doesn’t offer dynamic focusing, which reads the eye to deliver perfectly clear visuals. Current wearable displays have to be two feet away from your face, heads-up displays can be distracting, and there may be safety issues too. There are privacy implications too. Never mind your web history: Google Glass might record everything that the user is seeing and doing. Also there is this usability issue- Glasses will possibly not be useful in the rain (yet!)

It is expected that the Glasses are expected to cost around the price of current smartphones. Rumour indicate that Glasses may even end up in contact lenses and Google has in works a contact lens with embedded electronics.

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